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While we’re enjoying this delirious worst-to-first run, the Sabres and their fans are having an awful year. Not unlike our last season, if you haven’t completely put it out of your mind. We’re thinking about Magic Numbers, contemplating minor roster moves, and wondering who we match up best against for the first round and hopefully beyond. Sabres fans are making videos like this: I don’t like the Sabres particularly much, but ouch. Two teams going in opposite directions. Who’s going to show up and be the heroes? Here’s hoping our Habs. But Buffalo will not be easy to beat. The Sabres—who beat the collapsing Leafs on Thursday night—are leading the season series 2-1, the last two games being dropped in overtime and a shootout. Coming off a solid win over our seasonal nemesis the Islanders, it’s time to get payback for the shootout loss from Tuesday. A win would propel the team back to first in the Eastern Conference and push the Magic Number down a bit more as the second half grind of this incredible season sets in.
OUR IN THE DEVILS LAIR THIS IS THE SECOND MEETING OF THE SEASON, BETWEEN THESE TWO CLUBS. THE FIRST BEING IN MONTREAL ON JAN. 27. MONTREAL WON THAT GAME IN OVERTIME WITH MARKOV SCORING THE WINNER. IT'S UNKNOWN (AT THIS TIME) WHO WILL BE IN NET FOR THE DEVILS, (HEDBERG IS PLAYING TONIGHT), WHILE CAREY SHOULD GET THE START FOR THE HABS. . ELIAS, KOVALCHUK, AND CLARKSON HAVE BEEN DOING THE DAMGE UP FRONT, WITH ELIAS SCORING AT A POINT-PER-GAME PACE, WITH 9G, AND 18A. KOVALCHUK IS TIED WITH CLARKSON WITH 10G APIECE, (before tonights game) ON THE INJURY FRONT, THE DEVILS HAVE 4 PLAYERS ON THE INJURED RESERVE, THOSE INCLUDE TALLINDER, BRODEUR, ZUBRUS, AND CORRENTE. FOR THE HABS, INJURIES ARE MOUNTING, WITH PRUST, DIAZ, WEBER, BOURQUE, AND NOW RYDER OUT. MONTREAL HAS CALLED UP JARRED TINORDI TO PLAY IN AGAINST THE DEVILS, AND HE WILL PLAY WITH FRANKIE, ON THE THIRD PAIRING. Season Record (NHL Rk) MONTREAL,,,18-5-4 (3) NEW JERSEY13-9-5 (10) Conference Rank MONTREAL,,1 NEW JERSEY,,6 NEW JERSEY'S Home Record,,9-3-2 MONTREAL'S Away Record,,9-2-2 SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE Conference Record MONTREAL,,18-5-4 NEW JERSY,,,13-9-5 MTL TEAM LEADERS G,,Tomas Plekanec,,11 A,,Max Pacioretty,,14 Pts,,Max Pacioretty,,22 NJ TEAM LEADERS G,,Ilya Kovalchuk,,10 A,,Patrik Elias,,18 Pts,,Patrik Elias,,27 WHO'S HOT FOR MONTREAL, YOU ASK?. JUST ABOUT HALF THE TEAM P.K. Subban,,,5 pts in last 2 GP Michael Ryder,,,,,,,,,,,,,5 pts in last 3 GP, ,,,,will not play Brian Gionta,,,,,4 pts in last 3 GP Brendan Gallagher,,,8 pts in last 8 GP Andrei Markov,,,5 pts in last 5 GP Alexei Emelin,,,7 pts in last 8 GP Josh Gorges,,,3 pts in last 4 GP Francis Bouillon,,,2 pts in last 3 GP Notice that there's 5 D in there? WE HAVE A WHOLE BUNCH THAT ARE HOT, THEM,,,,NOT SO MUCH WHO'S HOT FOR N.J.? WHO CARES? Ilya Kovalchuk,,NJ,,4 pts in last 3 GP Patrik Elias,,NJ,,20 pts in last 19 GP Marek Zidlicky,,NJ,,4 pts in last 6 GP Anton Volchenkov,,NJ,,2 pts in last 3 GP More updates as they become available OK,,TIME TO START THE CHIT-CHAT kinot-1's GDT Record 3-1-1
OUR AT HERE'S THE SKINNY The Montreal Canadiens were mired in their longest losing streak of the season when they arrived in Tampa last month. The Eastern Conference leaders are playing much better as they make their final visit of 2012-13. Montreal will try to earn points for the 13th time in 14 games on Saturday night when the slumping Lightning look to avoid their first four-game home losing streak in three seasons. Starting with a 4-3 shootout win over Tampa Bay (10-13-1) on Feb. 12 that ended their 0-2-1 stretch, the Canadiens (15-5-4) have gone 9-1-3 to move atop the Northeast Division and two points ahead of second-place Pittsburgh in the East. Montreal's run has truly been a team effort, with different lines carrying the club in each of the first three stops of its five-game trip. David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher combined for three goals and six points in Sunday's 4-3 victory over Boston. Michael Ryder (three assists), Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec had five points in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders and the Brandon Prust-Lars Eller-Alex Galchenyuk line contributed six points in Thursday's 4-2 win over Carolina. "We've got three lines firing right now, and I wouldn't be surprised if the fourth line came up big for us in the next game," Prust told the Canadiens' official website after matching Eller's goal and two assists for a career-high three points. "When you have four lines you can roll like this, everybody gets their rest because we know we can rely on each other. That's the key to our game." The Canadiens, whose 7-2-2 start outside Montreal is their best since opening 9-2-0 in 1997-98, are clearly playing with confidence, The Lightning are not, as they've lost seven of nine. They've also dropped six of seven against visiting teams after opening 5-0-0 at home. Tampa Bay is among the NHL's best with 3.42 goals per game, but the club has found the back of the net just 16 times during a 1-6-0 skid. Steven Stamkos has six of those goals after netting his league-leading 18th in Thursday's 2-1 home loss to Winnipeg. "Obviously, you've got to produce, but you want to do it when the team is winning. Feels a lot better that way," he said. "When you're not winning, then maybe there's more I can do, we can do as a team.'' Stamkos, three goals shy of 200, has been doing his part with 11 goals and 18 points in 12 games since getting held off the scoresheet on Feb. 12. Martin St. Louis is also on a nice run, compiling five assists and seven points during a five-game point streak. The Lightning, though, need more production from Vincent Lecavalier, who has no goals in nine games. However, their captain has 19 points in his last 18 games against Montreal after setting up Sami Salo's game-tying goal last month that capped off Tampa Bay's rally from three down in the third. Defenseman Victor Hedman scored the Lightning's first two of that period versus Carey Price, who finished with 21 saves and stopped all three tiebreaker attempts. Anders Lindback turned aside 31 shots for Tampa Bay in that game, but he'll be watching Saturday's game from the bench if coach Guy Boucher gives recent call-up Cedrick Desjardins, a former Montreal minor leaguer, his third career start, and first since 2010-11. Desjardins made 27 saves in his first NHL appearance, a 4-1 Lightning home win over the Canadiens on Dec. 30, 2010. Team Comparison Team G W L OTL Pts Standings GF GA Road/Home Tampa Bay GP-24,,W,10,, L 13,,OTL,, 1,,,PTs,, 21 4th Southeast GF,, 82,,GA ,, 75,,,,Home Record 6-5-1 Montreal GP,,24,,,W,,15,,L5,,OTL 4,,,PTs 34 1st Northeast,,GF 75,,,GA 61,,,,Road Record 7-2-2 Team Stat Leaders Goals Steven Stamkos, TB 18 Tomas Plekanec, Mon 10 Assists Martin St. Louis, TB ,,,25 Michael Ryder, Mon,,,12 Points Steven Stamkos, TB,,,35 Max Pacioretty, Mon,,,20 Plus/Minus Brandon Prust, Mon,,,13 Sami Salo, TB,,,10 That's enough,,,start the chit-chat. Dicuss amongst ourselves kinot-1s Game day record 2-1-1
Tonight's Game Featuring Versus At the Bell Centre. Game time 7:00PM ET, 4:00PM PT http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2012020306&navid=sb:preview The Intro Yes, that's right, back to back uncivilengineer GDTs, he's pushing his luck, he got a new computer, he's having a good time beating the leafs into submission. But now it's time to look forward to our next game. The dirty penguins are coming to town and we'll be looking to keep them in the pen until the end of the game. Wait, you ask, did uncivilengineer get a new computer? In short, YES! It's a powerful beast of a machine, but does that mean I'll be getting fancy with graphics and stats? HECK NO! You just can't expect that from me, and you really shouldn't. I mean, isn't it enough we got this fancy new board, with no iPhone support? I mean, c'mon, how much do you people want in a week? The Teams The Habs are coming off a redemption win against the Maple Laffs, beating them 5-2 at whatever rink the Laffs are calling their home these days. The Penguins are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Canes (remember that 105' Patches goal) and are looking for redemption. The Habs are 7-2-1 in their last ten, while the Penguins are 5-5-0. The Habs currently sit at first in the conference, with the Penguins in second (though only because their division is kind of lackluster this year and they aren't getting much for points). The Rosters Toimas "Kahhhhhberle" Kaberle should get the nod again as Raphael "The Stallion" Diaz is still sitting out with concussion like symptoms. Rene "BourqueBourqueBourque" Bourque will also be sitting this game out with a concussion. Michael "Rentatruck" Ryder looks to get his first points back as a Hab, paired up with.... somebody, I can't remember what line he was played on last game, and well I'm too lazy to look that up. The Penguins are.......... awwwwwwww who cares... There's Crosby, there's Malk.... wait he's injured, there's that goalie, and those defencemen. The Conclusion What? You expected more? I have a new PC to play with folks, this is the effort you're getting right now.... Go Habs Go, etc, and so forth.... really, you all make up this thread anyways. I bet nobody is even reading this part. I could put purple llama monkey dishwasher here and NOBODY would see this.... in fact, I bet you stopped at the NHL.com preview page because it has more useful info than me. The end....?